I thought it would be fun to pair some of my art with some photos from 2009. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 more to send you some Happy New Year wishes.
The year started off before 2009 even began, in December 2008 we traveled by car to Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico. It was an exciting trip with lots of adventure. We lived in Baja for 6 months!
I painted lots and we worked a lot on our casita. We worked a lot in the garden too. Soon the roses were blooming! My art was blooming as well! I took the SmARTist Telesummit in February and learned tons about my art career! I spent time with online marketing, joined the social networking craze and learned how to make youtube videos!
We loved living an outdoor lifestyle! One day I awoke at 5 a.m. and captured this full moon (below) setting over the horizon. It was beautiful! My art was soon filled with twilight dreams as we became more in touch with the star and moon cycles. I started creating Moonheadmama paintings and begun writing the Moonheadmama story!
I loved my outdoor art studio on top of the garage under a palapa roof. We had lots of fun times with the doggies at the beach too!
In April I flew back to Seattle to help my Mom after her double knee surgery. When I got back to T.S. it was time to celebrate my 50th birthday! Our friends from Bend, rented a house in T.S. for 2 months and we had lots of fun hanging out with them. Greg learned to surf! I got inspired by the colors in our world. And although painting palm trees was fun, my colorful, whimsical paintings started to take over.
We made many a trip down to the ocean to watch the sunset, although the view from the patio wasn’t so bad either….a well practiced margarita recipe, fresh homemade salsa and chips became our fav! As the months passed, our spanish improved, we acquired some new friends and fell in love with our Mexican environment.
Six months passed all too quickly and soon it was the end of May! We packed to head home with great memories from the past 6 months. We had family and friends we missed in the states, and a garden and house in Bend to tend to. Summer found me getting ready for a show at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery and painting a Peace Pole for a Peace Bridge dedication. My Art e-Newsletter became a regular mailing on the 15th of each month. And I opened my Etsy Shop with success! I started using 12 seconds TV to talk about my art.
We learned we really did enjoy living a simple lifestyle like we had in Baja. So we started a regular thrift store pile to unload and simplify. We had fun during the summer with camping and hiking, and going to a family reunion in Seattle. I started painting mini paintings. Summer faded into Fall.
We had a final garage sale but it was so cold, I think we didn’t make more than a few dollars. In October we celebrated G’s 50th Birthday with friends at a Pizza and Pool party at Grover’s Pub.
In November we went up to Seattle for Thanksgiving. We enjoyed family and friends and were grateful for another year! I made Christmas ornaments for the Tumalo Art Co. gallery. I designed a Christmas card with my “Angel Guide The Way” art and made bookmarks to sell, made from images of my mini paintings. In December we had family stay with us and we hosted Christmas day at our house.
We rang in the New Year with a little gathering of some friends, with great music, food and dancing!
And now it is 2010, another year of great hopes and dreams to be fulfilled. I wish you happiness and strength in all that you do. I wish for peace on earth!
Dream you can! For without vision, there is no hope.
Happy New Year!